One of the things I love is the Book of Mormon. I have recently been trying to read it on my own, with a study guide I got when I was taking a Book of Mormon class at BYU. I really love 1 Nephi and have been amazed at how much I can learn from the journey of Lehi and his family as they left Jerusalem.
I was reading 1 Nephi 17 when a simple scripture really stood out to me. For some perspective, Nephi and his family have been traveling in the wilderness for eight years (wow that is a long time). They mention that during that time they have experienced many afflictions and much difficulty, but as they were faithful, the Lord prepared a way for them to receive nourishment and strength. In verse three it says that the Lord blessed them so much they began to bear their journeyings without murmurings (something I really need to work on).
Then Nephi is commanded to build a boat (what a task to ask of someone). And Nephi responds by asking where to go to get the ore so he can make tools to build this boat. I love that his question is not why do you expect me to do this hard thing, rather he takes action. And as Nephi prays the Lord gives him direction.
Finally the Lord says He is the light in the dark world. He will prepare us and make a path before us as we keep the commandments of God. And when we accomplish what he asks of us, then we can know God and His power.
Really it is just an amazing set of scriptures. The scripture that really stood out to me was verse 15 where Nephi says “Wherefore, I, Nephi, did strive to keep the commandments of the Lord.”
As I let that sink in a little I thought to myself-Nephi, the one who is already placing so much trust and faith in the Lord, the one who has stayed truly faithful despite every hard thing that has already happened, he declares that he did strive to keep the commandments of the Lord. He writes it down, and in doing so shows his commitment to the Lord.
In primary we often talk about scripture heroes, and Nephi is truly one of mine. His declaration make me want to continually say I will strive every day to keep the commandments of the Lord.
I am so thankful for the Book of Mormon. I love it. It gives me perspective and hope.